Monday, March 14, 2016

Of Unknown Origin (1983)

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Writers: Chauncy G. Parker III, Brian Taggert

Composer: Kenneth Wannberg

Starring: Peter Weller, Jennifer Dale, Lawrence Dane, Kenneth Welsh, Louis Del Grande, Shannon Tweed, Keith Knight, Maury Chaykin, Leif Anderson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: If it can't scare them to death, it will find another way.

Plot: A man who recently completed rebuilding a townhouse becomes obsessed with a rat infestation until it becomes an interspecies duel.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This little piece of yawnfest has only a few funny and neat moments.  The title hits it on the head.  We never know much about the giant rat (and I mean GIANT) that terrorizes Robocop except that it's stupid huge and clever.  It's the kind of film that probably works better on paper because the imagination can go a long ways in filling in the visual details.  It's not that this is a poorly made film, it's not really.  The problem is that it takes a 45-60 minute idea and drags it out to an hour and a half and that spells out dullsville.  I was straddling the edge of sleep after the first half hour.  The Warner Bros. DVD has a good anamorphic widescreen print and the only extras you get are a commentary track with Peter Weller and George Cosmatos and an anamorpic widescreen trailer. 

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